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BrubecK highlight: Take Five

posted 5 Dec 2012, 11:55 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 5 Dec 2012, 11:56 ]

Dave Brubeck, best known for the iconic jazz number "Take Five," died on Wednesday.

 BELGIUM (FILE) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (JAZZ ICON) - Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, whose choice of novel rhythms, classical structures and brilliant sidemen made him a towering figure in modern jazz, has died at the age of 91.

His Dave Brubeck Quartet put out one of the best selling jazz songs of all time: "Take Five," composed by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. Like many of the group's works, it had an unusual beat -- 5/4 time as opposed to the usual 4/4.

"We play it differently every time we play it," Brubeck told The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2005. "So I never get tired of playing it. That's the beauty of jazz."

"Take Five" was the first million-selling jazz single. It was first performed for a live audience in New York in 1959 and was released on the Dave Brubeck Quartet's album "Time Out" in the same year.